Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America

The creation of a new Wampum Belt by the Native American Wampanoag Nation is one of the cornerstones of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's sailing.

The journey to its creation and exhibition has involved artists and scholars from the Wampanoag working with counterparts in the UK, with The Box in Plymouth central to the process.

It will form part of an exhibition on Wampanoag life and culture in Southampton, London, Lincoln and Plymouth - at The Box, called Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America.

You can view details of the exhibitions, read about Wampanoag culture and watch a video of the belt's creation using the links below.

  • News: Dates announced for exhibition

    New dates have been announced for the first touring exhibition by The Box, Plymouth as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations.

    Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America unites contemporary indigenous artists in the USA with historic museum collections in the UK.

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  • Exhibition dates: Southampton

    The opening Wampum Belt exhibition will take Southampton's Sea City Museum

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  • Exhibition: The Guildhall, London

    This nationally-touring exhibition will be at the Guildhall in the heart of the City of London from 8 January until 14 February, 2021, to mark 400 years since the Mayflower voyage.

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  • Exhibition: The Box, Plymouth

    This nationally-touring exhibition comes to The Box in Plymouth from 15 May to 19 July, 2021 to mark 400 years since the Mayflower voyage.

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  • Video: The Making of the Wampum Belt

    Watch our video about the journey to creating a Wampum Belt that will tour nationally in 2020 and 2021.

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  • Video: Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America

    Wampum belts are the closest thing to written history for Wampanoag people - and the creation of a new belt is the focus of this short film.

    Our fascinating video tells the story of this remarkable project with echos of centuries of Native American history. 

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  • Video: We Are Still Here

    We Are Still Here explores 400 years of Wampanoag history and how the arrival of European colonists would forever change their way of life - which stretches back 12,000 years.

    This video explores the Wampanoag story and how in 2020, the Nation’s people are very much still here as an integral part of the 400th anniversary commemorations of the Mayflower’s sailing on both sides of the Atlantic.

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  • Read: The history of the Wampanoag Nation

    Read our in-depth history of the Wampanoag from the point Europeans began to arrive in Native America 400 years ago

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  • Read: The history of King Philip's War

    King Philip's War was Native America's last stand against colonisation and the bloodiest conflict in American history.

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